This week we pull something from the ‘easy but interesting’ file.
Margo Guryan’s ‘Sunday Morning’ is one of those sort of “hidden’ standards of the 1960s, in that it was a wonderful song, covered a bunch of times, yet doesn’t seem to have broken through to the wider consciousness.
Among the great versions of the song are those by Spanky and Our Gang, Oliver, and Julie London, among others.
The version I bring you today comes from an unusual source, that being Trombones Unlimited.
Trombones Unlimited were a studio group out of Southern California that recorded a half dozen albums between 1966 and 1969 for the Liberty label.
The albums were arranged by Eddie Karam, Tommy Oliver and George Tipton, and some of them featured serious jazz players like Frank Rosolino.
Today’s selection comes from the group’s final album, 1969’s ‘Grazing In the Grass’ where it was alongside covers of tunes by Aretha Franlin, Sam and Dave, Tommy James and the Shondells and Hugh Masekela.
This is not to suggest that the end result was in any way soulful, which it wasn’t. My guess is that the sounds were supposed to appeal to ‘beautiful music’ stations and the cover info was supposed to reel in unsuspecting kids and hi-fi hipsters.
The cool thing is, Guryan’s melody is so wonderful that it manages to survive the buttery treatment it gets here.
These albums, like many similar instrumental efforts pumped out by Liberty, Imperial and so many other labels in the 60s, are cheap, and worth picking up if you are a cover version junky like myself.
I hope you dig it and I’ll see you all next week.
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